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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: Todos Santos Writers Workshop
State: Baja California Sur, Mexico
Registration Due: Due by 11/30/15. Register by 9/30/15 for $50 off.
Conf. Dates:1/24/2016 - 1/30/2016
Info:A 5-day intensive workshop for writers at all levels, focusing on Fiction, Non-fiction, and Memoir, plus guest writers, agents, and seminars in a "Pueblo Magico" by the sea. Faculty includes Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist) Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist) and Jonathan Penner, (novelist).
URL: Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Title: Memoir Writers Conference 2015
State: CA
Registration Due: Early-bird registration pricing is available
Conf. Dates:10/23/2015 - 10/25/2015
Info:Learn how to write a memoir or true story that more than just your family will want to read. Discover how to organize your ideas and evaluate their added value, how to research and write a true story without potential legal entanglements, how to write a book proposal, and pitch a publisher, plus much more. Hear and meet Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Memoir Writers Association, plus meet top literary agents looking for fresh talent with polished manuscripts, including Paul S. Levine, Claire Gerus, Andy Ross, Toni Lopopolo, Ken Sherman, and more. Celebrity and top-selling authors will also appear to discuss the collaborative process. Industry experts, veteran educators, publishing professionals, literary agents, and publishers will share the secrets of writing and publishing a successful memoir. In addition to almost 40 seminars, workshops, plus pitch sessions, attendees may also enjoy an optional daily Keynote Address (with complimentary lunch), and submit portions of their MS through the Advance Submission ProCritiques™ program to be reviewed by editors and agents. There is an informative agents panel to help you prepare for actual meetings. Open to all areas of interest. Early-bird registration pricing with financing available. See website for details.
URL: Memoir Writers Conference 2015

Title: SD Christian Writers Guild Writing for Life Conference
State: CA
Registration Due: Due by October 24th, 2015.
Conf. Dates:10/24/2015 - 10/24/2015
Info:NY Times Bestselling author Jerry Jenkins, agents and editors. General sessions and workshops. Private 15-min consultations with faculty available.
URL: SD Christian Writers Guild Writing for Life Conference

Title: Tupelo Press Conferences in the Bay Area: California
State: CA
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/6/2016 - 2/7/2016
Info:Join Jeffrey Levine and use the work of Pablo Neruda to bring your own poetic strategies to greater consciousness. Close reading and critique of a selection of your poems will hone your internal editor to invite your best crafted and most powerful voice to the page.
URL: Tupelo Press Conferences in the Bay Area: California

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:11/4/2014 - 12/1/2015
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015
State: CT
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/2/2015 - 1/4/2015
Info:Geared to both experienced and emerging memoir writers, the weekend includes: 15 minute mentoring sessions with an instructor to discuss your individual writing. Specific instruction and writing exercises to help you progress with your memoir. Workshop and discussion of your work.
URL: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015

Title: ECWC: Writers in Paradise
State: Florida
Registration Due: $25 Deadline: November 15, 2015
Conf. Dates:1/16/2016 - 1/23/2016
Info:Located on the coast of the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay, the Twelfth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise offers an intimate eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings book signings, and receptions with our award winning-faculty and guest speakers. This year’s faculty and lecturers include: Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Poet Campbell McGrath, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Scott Ward, Sterling Watson, and more. We are happy to say that we offer at least 20 fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis, many specifically for current MFA students and recent MFA graduates (2010-2015) and AWP members. All participants are given the opportunity to submit work for consideration in Sabal, a literary journal featuring writing by conference participants. The writers selected by the directors for “The Best Of” will receive two copies of Sabal, and a subscription to the next year’s Sabal. For more information and registration, please visit
URL: ECWC Writers in Paradise

Title: Tupelo Press Conferences at Mass MoCA
State: MA
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:11/13/2015 - 11/20/2015
Info:A week-long residency and workshop for poets, combining writing time in a studio of your own at MASS MoCA, plus instruction and generative exercises inspired by exhibits and the architecture of the MASS MoCA campus with multiple opportunities to work with Jeffrey Levine, a renowned poet and editor, and one of the country’s leading writing instructors, and a guest appearance by Jim Schley, Managing Editor of Tupelo Press.
URL: Tupelo Press Conferences at Mass MoCA

Title: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
State: MD
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/10/2015 - 10/10/2015
Info:The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival will feature workshops in fiction and non-fiction for professional and aspiring writers, in addition to a reading from noted author Richard Ford, winner of the 2015 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. The festival will also include a screening and panel discussion of the film “Three Comrades” (1938) Screenplay by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as a tour of the Fitzgerald’s haunts and gravesite at St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, MD.
URL: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

Title: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women
State: ME
Registration Due: Early Registration Ends June 1, Save $200
Conf. Dates:9/27/2015 - 10/7/2015
Info:Write and explore your creativity overlooking the rocky Maine coast in Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. Our day flows in a magical rhythm that rises from this soulful land, the rocks, the sea and the air. Through our writing, our circle work and sharing meals that are culinary delights, we slough off our outer world self and enter the timeless, creative space within. Here we meet our unfettered creative self-perhaps for the first time!
URL: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women

Title: 8th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference
State: MI
Registration Due: $125.00
Conf. Dates:10/17/2015
Info:Presenters include: Lev Raphael, Zilka Joseph, Mardi Link, Linda Anger, Dorene O'Brien, Carrie Pearson, Hillary Rettig, Alice Speilburg, Danielle Schnakenberg, Cindy Kitchel, and More! Presentations include: Bad Sex Writing (how not to), Our Story through Memoir, Finding Funds for Writers, Speaking Skills for Writers, Flash Fiction, Children's Book Publishing 101, Joyful Writing Productivity, Small Group Agent Sessions, Personal Branding for Writers, I Have a Website - Now What?, Publishing Panel, and More!
URL: 8th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/15 and 3/1/16
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Write on Golden Pond With Oscar Winner Ernest Thompson
State: NH
Registration Due: Email
Conf. Dates:10/9/2015 - 10/11/2015
Info:Academy Award-winning writer Ernest Thompson offers his exclusive Write On Golden Pond workshop at his home in the idyllic Lakes Region of New Hampshire, close to where his classic movie On Golden Pond was filmed.
URL: Write on Golden Pond With Oscar Winner Ernest Thompson

Title: Tupelo Press Writing Conferences: Truchas, New Mexico
State: NM
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/30/2015 - 11/2/2015
Info:Poets ready for fierce attention to their work to a vibrant conference with Cornelius Eady, Veronica Golos, and Jeffrey Levine. By the end of the retreat you will have a set of tools and epiphanies that you will take back with you and transform your writing life.
URL: Tupelo Press Writing Conferences: Truchas, New Mexico

Title: Nimrod Journal's Conference for Readers and Writers
State: OK
Registration Due: Due by October 17th, 2015.
Conf. Dates:10/16/2015 - 10/17/2015
Info:An all-day writing workshop with classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, young adult fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, ways to attract agents, and more, as well as one-on-one editing sessions, readings, and panel discussions. Key guests include Karen Russell, Tina Chang, Molly Antopol, Héctor Tobar, Megan Abbott, Sarah Cross, Benjamin Myers, and over 30 others.
URL: Nimrod Journal's Conference for Readers and Writers

Title: American Christian Fiction Writers
State: SC
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/16/2015 - 3/16/2016
Info:The South Carolina Chapter of American Fiction Writers meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 2:00-5:00PM at North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main Street, Anderson, South Carolina. Visitors are welcome. The meetings consist of a speaker on various writing subjects, then a manuscript critique session and a great opportunity to network with other writers.
URL: American Christian Fiction Writers

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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